10 Surprising Facts about Taste
Most of us know just a few things about taste but there are many things we never heard of before. Today we are going to share such 10 facts which will blow your mind for sure.
1. Airline Foods Taste Bad Due to Our Own Taste Buds.
Whenever we travel in air, we often complain that the airline food doesn’t taste good at all. Who hired such a chef? Does he know cooking at all? We think of all these. But do you know that the actual reason is our own taste buds but not actually due to bad cooking? It happens due to the low humidity over there, more pressure in the cabinet and noisy environment. In that weather, your taste buds become weak especially salty, sweet, sour and bitter tastes don’t work much. So, next time don’t blame the chef and opt for savory more which doesn’t show much change.
2. Laetiporous Sulphureus Mushroom Tastes Like Chicken.
This mushroom tastes like chicken and so is called as chicken of the woods. The texture also resembles like chicken. It causes gastric distress sometimes in people. So, eating in less quantity is advisable. Those who love eating chicken may also love to have these mushrooms and finding them is little difficult as well but this should not be taken much due to its adverse effects.
3. Humans Can Taste Via Skin
Do you know that sometimes through the skin we humans can taste it? It can be any object or food. Few essential oils which are strong can be tasted through skin. Sometimes when you touch them, the fragrance may reach your breath and so your tongue may feel its taste as well. However, so far no evidence for that was found before. It is also heard that when a fresh garlic clove is peeled and rubbed at the bottom of the feet, you can detect its taste in your mouth soon. The same may happen with all aromatic substances. We heard that this happens with mint essential oil. A chemical in laboratory called dimethyl sulphoxide if touched, the taste can be sensed since it penetrates into the skin rapidly and then it gets converted to dimethyle sulphide. This tastes like garlic.
4. Humans May Taste More Than 15 Flavors
How many flavors can we really taste? Sweet, salty, bitter and sour but it is wrong. There is one more taste called umami which is in other words known as savory, the fifth taste. Do you know that researchers say that there are many more flavors which humans can actually taste; you can say more than 15. Lysine, soapiness, alkaline, metallic, etc. are few which we do not eat but we can of course taste.
5. Antifreeze tastes Sweet But not Bitter
Antifreeze is something killers use as a killer drink. It can kill people but do you know that it actually tastes sweet and delicious unless we make it bitter by adding artificial substances. Why does something that kills tastes so delicious? This is due to the presence of ethylene glycol which is sweet in taste.
6. Ben Cohen Barely Has A sense of Taste
Ben Cohen is the co-founder of an ice cream company. You must be thinking how can’t he has sense of taste but this is true. His taste buds are weak and cannot recognize taste with his tongue. He also lost the sense of smell which again something that can’t detect taste. That is why Ben needs the texture to be good in ice cream. He relates it to the taste.
7. Human Tastes Like Beef
A company once started selling human flesh in 2005 based on Tofu – Hufu. According to them, texture and taste of the human flesh is similar to that of beef but little sweeter and softer. They don’t taste like pork or chicken which became a popular belief which is false. In Germany once a serial killer sold human flesh as pork as well.
8. Taste Receptors Are Present In Many Body Parts
Well, describing this is a difficult part but since it is a fact, we should break the news now. Scientists found that taste receptors are found on testicles for sweet and umami. We don’t know why but they may be required for fertilization. These receptors are also found in other body parts such as brain, intestines, stomach, pancreas, lungs, anus, etc. however the reason is still unknown.
9. People with Synesthesia Taste Colors, Shapes and Sounds
This is a neurological condition where stimulation of a sense, taste produces different experiences in different sense. Such people can taste colors, shapes and even sounds. This is really strange but some say that they don’t know exactly what a color looks like but they know how it tastes like.
10. Miracle Berry Makes Sour Things Sweet on Tongue
This miracle fruit which looks like jellybean is capable of changing tastes. It can make bitter and sour tastes into sweet. Miraculin, a protein in this fruit binds to the taste buds on the tongue and changes all the tastes on it. Moreover, the sense lasts for a couple of hours even after you finish eating. It can also be used as a substitute to sugar for weight loss. A chef uses this fruit and gives it to the customers to give them more types of taste experiences.
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